A 19 year old woman in a village in UP’s Hathras district was brutally gang-raped by 4 men when she was collecting fodder for her cattle on September 14. The victim, who was initially admitted to a local hospital in Hathras, was shifted for further treatment to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. She succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday, September 29. 4 persons have been arrested by the police in this case.

Amid huge protests outside the hospital demanding justice for the deceased woman, her body was brought to the village by the police at around 1 am on Wednesday. In an official statement, the Hathras Police refunded the notion that the body was forcefully cremated in the dead of the night without conducting the final rites. However, the victim family claimed that its requested for the body to be taken to the house and carrying out the cremation after sunrise was turned down by the police.

Meanwhile the UP CM spoke to the family of the Hathras gang rape victim via videoconferencing. Her kin will be given Rs. 25 lakh as ex-gratia and a house. Also, one family member will get a government jog. A three member SIT has been formed to probe the case, which will be heard in the fast track court.

A plea was moved in the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking directions for handing over to the CBI or a special Investigation team. The plea filed by a social activist Satyama dubey sought transfer to the probe to the CBI or SIT under the sitting or the retired judges of the top court or the high court.

It sought to transfer the case from UP to Delhi for trial, alleging that the state authorities had failed to take any action against accused people who first raped an innocent woma belonging to Schedule Caste community and thereafter brutally assaulted her.

The plea said that as per the media/medical report the victim’s tongue was chopped and her neck bone and back bone were also broken by the accused persons. “The petitioner no. 1 is a Social activist and also a female being aggrieved aginst injustice done to females and no action has been taken by the concerned authorities even in this present scenario the dead body of the deceased had been buries by the Police personnel which is a grave injustice against family persons of the deceased…” the plea said.

The petition claimed that the police had said that the cremation was being carried out “as per the wishes of the family” which is not true as the police personnel have themselves cremated the dead body of the deceased and even media media personnel were barred from reporting it.

“The petitioner herein is demanding justice for the victim for the brutal attack,rape and murder of the victim,” the plea said.

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